This article first appeared at Fellowship of the Minds
The Yellow Vests movement is a mass movement that began online in France in May 2018 as a protest against a gas tax hike (of about 25 cents a gallon). The movement quickly metamorphosed beyond the internet when protesters, wearing yellow vests as a symbol, took to the streets rioting against high taxes, eroding living standards, and what many see as the government’s indifference to the concerns of France’s regions and ordinary people.
Note: Since 2008, all motorists in France are required by law to have high-visibility yellow vests in their vehicles when driving, as a safety measure should the driver be required to exit the vehicle on the roadside.
The movement has spread beyond France to Belgium and the United Kingdom.
“Yellow vests” is gilets jaunes in French. We are told that the Yellow Vests or Gilets Jaunes movement is a spontaneous popular uprising, so it is most curious that a Frenchman who calls himself Jean L. discovered that the internet domain name www.giletsjaunes.com had been registered on May 15, 2017 — a full year before the Gilets Jaunes movement actually began.
See Jean L, “Yellow Vests – Color Revolution Gone Awry?,” henrymakow.com, Dec. 21, 2018.
More curious still, the giletsjaunes.com domain name was registered in Denver, Colorado. Below is the domain’s registrar information from NameBright.com:
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Domain Name: GiletsJaunes.com
Registry Domain ID: 2124542527_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS server: whois.NameBright.com
Registrar URL: http://www.NameBright.com
Updated Date: 2018-11-23T00:00:00.000Z
Creation Date: 2017-05-15T18:13:42.000Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2020-05-15T00:00:00.000Z
Registrar: DropCatch.com 1428 LLC
Registrar IANA ID: 3637
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: [email protected]
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.7204960020
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Registry Registrant ID: Not Available From Registry
Registrant Name: Private Registration
Registrant Street: 2635 Walnut Street
Registrant City: Denver
Registrant State/Province: CO
Registrant Postal Code: 80205
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +1.7204960020
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Registrant Email: [email protected]
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Admin Name: Private Registration
Admin Street: 2635 Walnut Street
Admin City: Denver
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Admin Postal Code: 80205
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Tech Name: Private Registration
Tech Street: 2635 Walnut Street
Tech City: Denver
Tech State/Province: CO
Tech Postal Code: 80205
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Name Server: brianna.ns.cloudflare.com
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The address of the domain name’s registrant — 2635 Walnut St., Denver, CO 80205 — is an office loft that LoopNet says is both “for lease” and “off market”. Here’s a street view of the building (I painted the yellow circle around the “For Lease” sign):
Jean L. also points out the pop-culture foreshadowing, aka predictive programming, of the Yellow Vests movement in The Economist‘s 2017 cover, specifically the modified “Hermit” Tarot card depicting hordes of yellow-garbed people protesting against globalization, holding flags against the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) and the EU (European Union).
Meanwhile, elements in the French military are in open rebellion against President Emmanuel Macron.
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